President & Vice-Chancellor


Annette Trimbee

Dr. Annette Trimbee became President and Vice-Chancellor at The University of Winnipeg on August 1, 2014. She was reappointed in 2018 for a second term.

Located in downtown Winnipeg on Treaty One territory in the heart of the Métis homeland, The University of Winnipeg is home to approximately 10,000 students as well 1,200 faculty and staff members and is noted for academic excellence, Indigenous inclusion, environmental commitment, small class sizes, and campus diversity.

UWinnipeg is committed to advancing reconciliation by following recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, integrating Indigenous perspectives and knowledge within the academy, and working with the surrounding community to support inner-city children in developing a university-bound identity.

Dr. Trimbee's key accomplishments to date include completing a university-wide strategic directions plan, enacting a three-year budget strategy, and implementing an Indigenous Course Requirement for all undergraduate students — among the first in Canada.     

Previously, Dr. Trimbee served as Deputy Minister of several departments in the Alberta government, including Finance and Treasury Board, and Advanced Education and Technology. Key accomplishments include Alberta Budget 2012 and 2013, the redesign of Alberta’s innovation system, creation of the Alberta Innovates Corporations, bringing Alberta post-secondary institutions together to plan and collaborate through Campus Alberta, and development of Alberta’s Health Policy Framework and Integrated Resource Management Policy Framework.

Dr. Trimbee currently serves on the board of Universities Canada, the voice of Canadian universities at home and abroad. She also serves as the board of directors' Chair for USports, which oversees sports at 56 Canadian universities, as well as for the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), which is a partnership of Canadian universities dedicated to expanding digital content for the academic research and teaching enterprise in Canada. She is a member of the Public Interest Law Centre Advisory Committee, which informs the centre’s case selections and its case portfolio of human rights, environmental, consumer, and Indigenous law.

She holds a BSc from The University of Winnipeg, an MSc from the University of Manitoba, and a PhD from McMaster University in aquatic ecology. She was also a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Annette Trimbee - in her own words (2014)